Synopsis: Joey died when he was thirteen.
This is where the story begins – a boy on the other side of life, stuck at the awkward age of thirteen, mourning the loss of everything he never got to be. Instead, he’s just a short, chubby, geeky boy…forever. And he’s certain that there’s no worse fate. But when Joey takes a peek at those he left behind, he becomes aware of just how bad his best friend, Cameron, is taking his death.
Joey watches as his friend plummets deeper into depression and self-destruction, with no one around him noticing how bad things are getting. He realizes that if he doesn’t step in, Cameron is going to do something he can never take back. But there is only so much a spirit can do in the world of the living. Still, Joey is determined. Enlisting the help of a few new friends in the afterlife, Joey sets forth on a journey to bridge the gap between the living and the dead, and save his grief-stricken friend from going under. In so doing, Joey learns more about who he was in life, and he learns that growth is still possible in a world where aging isn’t an option.
Forever Thirteen tells the tale of a boy who lived his life in fear of other people’s opinions of him, dying before he understood that he was the one holding himself back. In his death, Joey discovers that it’s never too late to make things better, and he learns just how strong the bonds of friendship really can be.
Before I start my review, I would like to thank Crissi Langwellfor sending me Forever 13 and Everything I am Not Saying! It was an extremely kind gesture that she made to send me both the print copies.
Anyway, I had just finished the first book I had received which was Forever 13. I enjoyed Forever 13 immensely! I thought the world that Crissi had made was phenomenal. The description Crissi used for the after world was written beautifully. I also enjoyed the characters of the story as well. Overall I give the story 4/5 STARS! Here’s why:
The plot to this story was very interesting! I thought the book’s concept was extremely creative. I appreciate how Crissi made the story feel genuine in a way and how it was easy to connect with Joey! There were a few slow spots in the novel but it didn’t damage the plot in any way. My favorite thing about the story was the crazy amount of plot twists!
I thought the characters were very interesting! They all had there own unique personalities, which I was thankful for. The character development throughout this novel for Joey and Cameron were well written!
I am not going to spoil anything so I am going to keep this short. I thought the friendships between everyone was perfect. However I did not like how fast certain romantic relationships developed since it felt a little rushed.
Overall, I highly recommend this novel! Crissi is definitely a talented writer and I cannot wait to read Everything I am Not Saying!